Formen des Gesprächs – Gespräch der Formen
Diderot, Schlegel, Musil und die Theorie des Romans

Brill | Fink, Paderborn 2022, 479 pages
ISBN 978-3-7705-6703-4 (Print), 978-3-8467-6703-0 (E-Book)

Why did the reflexion on modern literature, from Diderot to Schlegel and Novalis and from Lukács and Benjamin to Musil or Bakthin, start from the novel’s assumed formlessness? On the basis of this question, the book makes the argument that by viewing dialogue or conversation (entretien, Gespräch) as the missing link between the novel’s immanent criticism and its theorization, said authors were able to turn literature into a designated laboratory for a renewed cultural imagination.

Media Response

04 Nov 2022
Die neue Einsamkeit und ihre Form

Review by Werner Jung, in:, 4 Nov 2022